Four explosions have shaken the Ukrainian city Dnepropetrovsk injuring over a dozen people. The blasts struck in series at various locations in the city center. Local authorities have launched a terrorist investigation into the incident.
The first explosion went off as a tram carrying a large number of people pulled into a stop injuring five passengers. Local authorities say it was caused by a bomb planted in a nearby rubbish bin.
“The explosion was at a tram stop. The shockwaves smashed a tram’s windows, and the doors buckled on two cars passing by. In one car, the airbags popped out. Police were there in a minute, then more law enforcement in civvies. Firefighters arrived in about five minutes,” writes Master_Tyre, a city web forum user.
Forty minutes afterwards a second explosion was reported close to the city’s railway station, wounding seven while the third hit a park injuring one woman.
There are no details on the fourth explosion.
Local Ukrainian site vgorode.ua reports widespread panic in the city where people are afraid where the next explosion will be.
Telephone networks have been inundated with calls of people fearing for the safety of their friends and family.
Traffic has reportedly ground to a halt in the city center as people flee their offices in an attempt to get home. The city’s police have warned citizens to stay indoors.
It is unclear exactly how many explosions have hit the city with some local media outlets reporting up to eight.